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Version 0.28: This article is up to date for the latest stable release of Dungeon Crawl Stone Soup.
A Brigand is a shady character who is especially good at killing, using daggers or darts. They start with a dagger, a robe and cloak, poisoned darts, and a few deadly and rare curare darts.

Brigands are operatives who specialize in stealth and the killing of unsuspecting victims. They start with the tools to silently and quickly take down the living.

Preferred Races

Troll, Demonspawn, Spriggan, Vine Stalker, and Vampire are the recommended races if you pick a Brigand background.

Racial restrictions

Felids are forbidden from becoming Brigands because they cannot throw darts.

Starting Equipment

Some species may receive different items based on their unique restrictions.

Starting Skills and Stats

These are adjusted by your species' aptitudes.

Choosing Brigand adds 3 to your starting Strength, 3 to your starting Intelligence and 6 to your starting Dexterity.


Brigands are a good general starting background for stealthy types; the enchanted dagger handles early-game monsters very well, while the curare and poisoned darts are excellent for taking down tougher targets. It is also a fairly versatile background: they start with more balanced stats than a Fighter or a Hedge Wizard, which means they can easily choose to take up magic, fighting, or a hybrid style.

The power of curare should not be underestimated - almost all early-game threats up to the Lair can be greatly weakened by the slow and strong poison that curare gives (assuming you actually manage to hit with the dart). The Throwing skill increases your chances to hit with your darts, and both Throwing and Stealth will improve the effectiveness of any specialty darts like atropa or datura. However, it is important to conserve your curare darts to an extent - you only have 2, and there is a 1 in 6 chance that they will mulch when fired, meaning you only have 12 shots on average. You can conserve your curare darts by using the slow to kite monsters, while continuing to throw poisoned darts at them to slowly whittle their HP down.


  • Prior to 0.26, Brigands were called Assassins.
  • Prior to 0.24, Assassins began with a blowgun and their respective needles of poison and curare.
  • Prior to 0.15, the starting dagger had an enchantment of +2, +2.
  • Prior to 0.14, Assassins began with potions of poison identified, and had 50 gold.
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